Search Results: "Dav Pilkey"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Is this the end? Well, no…the series will stagger on through at least one more scheduled sequel. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Sure signs that the creative wells are running dry at last, the Captain's ninth, overstuffed outing both recycles a villain (see Book 4) and offers trendy anti-bullying wish fulfillment. Read full book review >

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THE PAPERBOY by Dav Pilkey
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"Pilkey (The Hallow-Wiener, 1995, etc.) may have created a throwback to a simpler time by presenting work as a desirable activity for children; this book is a gentle salve for the instability in so much of modern life. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A quiet, solid mood piece with a quiet, solid protagonist, who becomes a hero simply by doing his job every day. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"More sophisticated readers will better appreciate the forbidden humor of Roald Dahl. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Familiar faces and familiar themes reappear in Pilkey's newest addition to the Captain Underpants family. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS by Dav Pilkey
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"There'll be no silence in the library once readers get hold of this somewhat classier alternative to Barf-o-Rama books and their crude ilk. (Fiction. 9-11)"
In the fine old tradition of James Marshall's Cut-Ups, Pilkey (God Bless the Gargoyles, 1996, etc.) introduces George Beard and Harold Hutchins, two usually responsible fourth-graders, as in ``whenever anything bad happened, George and Harold were usually responsible.'' Pranksters of the first order, George and Harold are finally nabbed by Mr. Krupp, the principal, whom they then hypnotize into believing he's Captain Underpants, a superhero of their own creation. Read full book review >

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GOD BLESS THE GARGOYLES by Dav Pilkey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Still, readers will find solace in this modern-day answer to existentialism. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Pilkey (The Paperboy, p. 141, etc.) joins the medieval fray with a bucolic approach to the journey of gargoyles from the cathedrals of the Middle Ages to modern cityscapes. Read full book review >

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THE HALLO-WIENER by Dav Pilkey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Pilkey (Kat Kong, 1993, etc.) demonstrates his kinship to both Rosemary Wells and James Marshall with a book that has moments of high comedy, lowbrow humor, and good old-fashioned heroics. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Oscar (last name: Myers) is a sweet, sensitive dachshund who is troubled by his unique appearance (``half-a-dog tall and one- and-a-half dogs long''). Read full book review >

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DRAGON'S MERRY CHRISTMAS by Dav Pilkey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Not exceptional, but genuinely warmhearted; the art, drawn with assurance and verve, is vibrantly colored. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
An appealing blue creature, first introduced in 1990, displays his independent thinking and good humor in four episodes appropriate to the season. Read full book review >

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WHEN CATS DREAM by Dav Pilkey
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Pilkey's simple text suggests the dream adventures' liberating quality, splendidly realized in his glowing, beautifully designed paintings; handsome in themselves, they also make a unique introduction to modern art's ideas and images. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An imaginative exploration of the world of dream. ``When cats are awake, all the world is the same''—predictable and, in neatly framed black and white, realistic. Read full book review >

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RICKY RICOTTA'S GIANT ROBOT by Dav Pilkey
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Children younger than the Captain's readership may find this droll, but Pilkey's just treading water; so rudimentary is the plot, so stock the characters, and so free is this of humor, that it may sink like the proverbial lead balloon. (Fiction. 7-9)"
The mind behind the redoubtable Captain Underpants teams up with a new illustrator for a new series, featuring a pipsqueak mouse and his humongous metal friend. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE SENSATIONAL SAGA OF SIR STINKS-A-LOT by Dav Pilkey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Another epic outing in a graphic hybrid series that continues not just to push the envelope, but tear it to shreds. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-10)"
Pranksters George and Harold face the deadliest challenge of their checkered careers: a supersmart, superstrong gym teacher. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE TYRANNICAL RETALIATION OF THE TURBO TOILET 2000 by Dav Pilkey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Dizzyingly silly. (Humor. 8-10)"
The famous superhero returns to fight another villain with all the trademark wit and humor the series is known for. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Series fans, at least, will take this outing (and clear evidence of more to come) in stride. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Zipping back and forth in time atop outsized robo-bell bottoms, mad inventor Tippy Tinkletrousers (aka Professor Poopypants) legs his way to center stage in this slightly less-labored continuation of episode 9. Read full book review >